THRIVE, a Paychex Business Podcast

Capital. Networking. Education. EY’s opportunities for black and Latino entrepreneurs.

January 4, 2022

In this episode, Gene Marks talks with EY’s Lee Henderson, Audit Partner, Americas EY Private Leader, and Executive Sponsor of the EY Entrepreneurs Access Network. It’s in this latter role that Lee is really making an impact on black and Latino entrepreneurs. Hear the results of his team’s survey of this group and learn what EY is doing to continue the positive momentum of 2021. If you’re a minority entrepreneur, if you're looking for funding, if you're looking for resources, and most importantly, if you want to get into a network of people who can help you grow your business, you’ll learn why these are the types of opportunities you’ll want to take advantage of.

Topics include:

3:19 – Background on EY's middle-market practice
7:05 – Highlights of the survey of black and Latino entrepreneurs
11:46 – Understanding the unique needs of minority entrepreneurs
16:36 – Connecting minority entrepreneurs to capital
21:51 – Details on the Entrepreneurs Access Network
25:16 – How to apply to Entrepreneurs Access Network
30:45 – How this model is being adopted by other organizations


With information from the U.S. Small Business Administration and other resources, this Start-Up Guide will show you who to talk to and what it takes to get your business off the ground and financially secure at

Though the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is no longer a funding option, read this Securing Financing for Your Small Business article to learn about alternative small business financing options, as well as lender options and how to prepare for a loan at

To learn more about EY's Entrepreneur Access Network, visit

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